Another year is (almost) behind us. The 2019 is passing by and before you know it we will be welcoming 2020, as the first day of the New Year will, as usual, offer us some more of the football we all love. Manchester United will be playing against Arsenal and yesterday we spoke about the Gunners and we should know about Mikel Arteta’s side before the encounter.
But today that is not something we will be talking about. We will be talking about 2019. Sure, looking into the future is always more interesting as we can guess what could happen, but we also need to recapitulate all of the things that we have seen in the past 365 days.
It has been a turbulent year, but it was our year nevertheless. There were some good things and there were a lot of things we maybe did not want to happen. But it was also another year of us loving and caring for Manchester United. That part of the story will remain the same for years to come, but here is what happened in 2019 – both from those that we would like to see again and also those that we will want to forget.
January To May
Remember those days at the turn of the year when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was still new to the job he took over and was still the caretaker manager? It was then that Man United were on a great run of results that even propelled the side back into the top four and with a realistic chance to qualify for the Champions League. But as soon as spring arrived and Solskjaer signed a full-time deal, that form started to fade.
It became obvious United were not as good as they were showing during that winning run and also that the side was getting seriously tired. After managing to beat Paris Saint-Germain and reach Champions League quarterfinals, there was a real hope of more achievements, but United started to falter and in the end ended up in sixth place in the Premier League. A return to Europa League was set.
Summer Transfer Window
During the summer transfer window there were some big changes, as Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez and Ander Herrera all left the club, alongside with Matteo Darmian, Antonio Valencia and others. Only three players were brought in, but time will show that all three of them have had some fine moments in Man United shirt in 2019. Harry Maguire became world’s most expensive centre-back, Aaron Wan-Bissaka is growing with every game at Old Trafford and Daniel James has shown that coming from the Championship is not always a bad thing.